Why Fad Diets Are Harmful to Your Body

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We’ve all been tempted by them: miracle diets that promise great results. Fad diets are designed to help you lose weight – and fast – but at what cost? While you may know that they’re frustrating, torturous, and difficult to stick to, what you may not know is that fad diets can actually do more harm than good.

Fad diets send your body through a tremendous amount of stress. They can cause your metabolism to drop and lead to muscle loss. They can also cause you to feel weak, tired and lethargic.

Feeling put off yet?

Read on to get the lowdown on fad diets and see why you may want to rethink that popular diet-of-the-month plan.

Unexpected Weight Gain
Say what? Aren’t fad diets designed to help you lose weight? Well yes, in theory – that’s what they promise. But what they don’t advertise is that the weight loss won’t last. This is because fad diets set you up to fail from the start. Usually, they involve extreme restrictions which means that you won’t be getting the nutrients that you need. This will send your body into a temporary weight loss, but then your metabolism will drop, which will cause your weight loss will plateau. Once you drop the diet, your weight will go right back up, sometimes with an additional few pounds.

Nutrition Dangers
Fad diets often involve cutting out certain food groups. Unfortunately, you need a well-rounded diet in order to function at your best. Cutting back too drastically could result in nutritional deficiencies which will leave you feeling deprived of energy. Many fad diets also cut out healthy fats, like omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for good health and can even help you to maintain a healthy weight.

Muscle and Hair Loss
Another risk with fad diets is muscle loss. When your body’s starved for protein, it will look for other ways to get energy. One of these ways of acquiring energy is by digesting your muscles. This is a setback since your muscles actually help you to burn calories, even while resting. If your diet is devoid of protein and nutrients, your hair may also start to get weak and brittle which could cause strands to break and fall out.

 

While a fad diet may seem enticing, it’s important to keep the truth in mind. A healthier option would be to concentrate on building muscle and eating a well-rounded, nutrient-rich diet full of protein and balanced with healthy fats. Increased muscle tone will boost your metabolism and give you more energy, which will help you to shred the weight off… and keep it off with no harmful side effects.Which fad diets have you seen this year?

Which fad diets have you seen this year?

How Nutrition Plays a Part in Maintaining Your Health

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You’ve probably heard the saying, “You are what you eat.”

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of truth to it!

While it’s a pretty safe bet that eating chocolate every day won’t turn you into a Hershey’s bar, the food you eat can have a big impact on your overall health and well-being. Nutrient-rich foods supply your body with the fuel it needs to repair and maintain itself while reducing your risk of illness.

The right food can help to keep you healthy, and there’s evidence to show that many of the chronic diseases that Americans experience can be prevented by maintaining a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.

Let’s take a look and see how nutrition plays a major part in helping you to maintain your health.

Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates; the starches and sugars that are found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and dairy, are your body’s main source of energy. Carbohydrates may get a bad rap, but they’re vitally important. They’re also necessary for the production of glucose, the fuel that your brain uses to communicate between neurons.

Protein
By now, most of us recognize the importance of protein. Protein is needed for tissue repair and helps you to build lean muscle. It also helps support your immune system and the production of hormones and enzymes. Look for lean protein sources in poultry, fish, dairy, nuts, and legumes.

Fat
People tend to steer clear of fat – but, in moderation, fat can actually help you to maintain a healthy weight. It’s also necessary for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Look to reduce saturated fats in your diet and increase your monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (found in olive oil, canola, and vegetable oils). Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are also found in nuts, avocado, and fish.

Vitamins and Minerals
Finally, they’re small but powerful! Vitamins and minerals, also known as micronutrients, are necessary for the immune system’s health, and growth and development. Vitamins can be found in fruits and vegetables, as well as nuts, seeds, eggs, dairy, and meat.

 

As you can see, the best approach is to eat a wide variety of healthy foods to ensure that you’re getting enough nutrients, vitamins, and minerals in your diet. Make healthy choices; your body will thank you for it!

What are your favorite healthy foods?

5 Ways to Get More Vitamin D in the Winter

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We all know that sunshine is a great source of vitamin D, but for most of us, getting enough of this vitamin from the sun can be tricky during winter months.

If you can’t charter a private jet to far away sunny locations every weekend, the good news is that there are other ways for you to get this valuable vitamin. It’s important for bone strength, as well as immunity and blood sugar control. If you’re looking for ways to get healthy this winter, why not give vitamin D a chance? Here are five simple ways for you to ramp up your vitamin D intake this winter.

1. Eat More Fish
Fresh, wild salmon nears the top when it comes to natural sources for vitamin D. Many delicious recipes include salmon, and this is one of the best ways to increase your vitamin D intake this winter.

2. Make Your Own Fortified Mushrooms
Yes! We’re serious. You can make vitamin D fortified mushrooms… here’s how. When sliced and placed in the sun, the mushrooms will absorb vitamin D. The high vitamin D levels will last for over a year. This is a project that you’ll want to embark on this summer!

3. Supplements
Of course, if you find it difficult to keep your vitamin D levels at reasonable measures, then you can always supplement with a vitamin during the winter months – a fast and simple way to make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D during the winter.

4. Cod Liver Oil
Remember fish? Cod liver oil also is rich in vitamin D. If you don’t think you can stomach cod liver oil, no worries – capsules are a popular option.

5. Fortified Dairy
Finally, in the U.S., most milk has been fortified with vitamin D, as are many yogurts and even orange juice. There’s a reason for this: you need vitamin D to absorb the calcium that’s found in dairy.

As you can see, there are lots of ways for you to get your vitamin D this winter. No need to wait until summer rolls around!

How do you get your vitamin D?